Man charged after 'swinging mattock at police'

A MAN who allegedly swung a mattock at police has been charged after a disturbance in north Queensland.

Officers were called to an address on Mulgrave Road in Earlville, near Cairns at around 6:00pm following reports of a man in the front yard of a home armed with a mattock.

It will be alleged the man became aggressive, making threats and swinging the mattock at officers.

A cordon was established and specialist officers deployed as police began lengthy negotiations with the man.

At 10:30pm the man surrendered to police and was taken into custody without incident.

A 29-year-old man from Earlville has been charged with one count each of serious assault police whilst armed, wilful damage and threatening violence.

He is due to appear in Cairns Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning.

In an unrelated incident a 52-year-old Earlville man was taken into custody after he allegedly tried to enter the police cordon and became aggressive towards officers.

He has been charged with two counts of obstruct police and one count of possessing a knife in a public place.

He is due to appear in Cairns Magistrates Court on February 25.

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